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The Braves, as usual, have a very strong starting rotation on paper heading into the regular season, but with Tim Hudson's bad back, they will need a temporary stop-gap for the No. 5 spot.
Assuming that Fredi Gonzalez is true to his word, Kris Medlen will be employed by the bullpen, and only the bullpen; so that leaves top prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado dueling it out for Huddy's job.
So far this spring, although both hurlers sport hideous ERAs, Delgado has simply outperformed Teheran.
Teheran, the Braves No. 1 prospect, has allowed nine homers in 13 spring training innings, including six in one outing.
You would think that after five homers in one game, someone would just shoot him and end his misery.
Don't get me wrong, Teheran is going to be a great pitcher for a long time, but Delgado has shown improvement as spring training progresses. Yes, even in the Blue Jays game, where Delgado gave up 10 hits and five earned runs, he showed good control with both his fastball and breaking-ball: five K's, one BB.
It's a tough call for Gonzalez, but signs are pointing to Delgado, and maybe even a combination of both pitchers.
No matter which pitcher wins the job, Medlen will still be the better choice, but hey, I'm not the manager of the Braves...not yet, at least.